Austal has announced that it has been awarded a $15 million contract by the US Department of Defence for the Guided Missile Frigate FFG(X) Concept Design.
The contract will see Austal develop its Frigate design to meet the FFG(X) specification ‘with the goal of reducing cost, schedule, and performance risk’ for the follow-on detail design and construction contract.
Austal CEO David Singleton said the conceptual design effort will inform the final specifications that will be used for the detail design and construction request for proposal that will deliver the required capability for FFG(X).
“Austal welcomes this contract as an endorsement of our advanced, technology focused design; something that underpins everything we do and is at the heart of what has built our reputation over the last 30 years,” Mr Singleton added.
“Highly technical engineering, research and development, and advanced digital design concepts are continually improved to set the standard of what is possible in naval design.”
“With this latest announcement, the United States has recognised the importance of being able to operate the most advanced naval vessels and we are excited to work with them to develop the technology to do this.”
According to the company, the contract will be delivered by its design team in Mobile, Alabama, which is already delivering two classes of ship for the US Navy through the Spearhead Class, Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) and the Independence Class, Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).